14/03/19: Breckland Council is a finalist at national awards

14 March 2019

Breckland Council was a finalist at a prestigious national awards event last night (13 March). The district council was in the running for the Innovation category at the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards 2019, held in London. The award sought to recognise innovation in the public sector and 'celebrate councils which have used innovation to re-think services in order to achieve better outcomes for residents'.

Breckland was a finalist in recognition of the work delivered by the council's external training arm, Breckland Training Services (BTS). The training team delivers unique support to council staff across the country to help them deliver a better service for their own communities, while generating income to support services in Breckland.

The council was in competition with local authorities from across the country and, while Breckland narrowly missed out on the top prize, the LGC judges were impressed by BTS's reputation for creativity, flexibility and one-of-a-kind training offer.

In particular, BTS' Local Authority Challenge events are totally unique and give junior council staff a chance to take on the role of a fictional council's senior management team for a day, helping them pick up valuable experience and preparing them for future leadership roles. Since 2012, BTS has worked with 137 different councils, the equivalent of 39% of England's local authorities.

Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Breckland's Deputy Leader, commented: "While I'm disappointed that the council didn't win, being a finalist at these national awards is a fantastic achievement. Breckland was the only district council finalist in its category and this is testament to the excellent work delivered by the BTS team.

"Breckland Training Services is unique to other training services in the country because it offers training to the public sector from within the sector. The team has real insight as to what it is like to work at a council, what the drives are, and what the challenges can be and I'm pleased the LGC judges recognised the exceptional and innovative service on offer."

Other finalists in the category were:

  • Barnet LBC with Regional Enterprise (Re) Ltd
  • City of London Corporation
  • Hammersmith & Fulham LBC - category winner
  • North East Lincolnshire Council
  • Reigate & Banstead BC
  • Rochdale BC
  • Watford BC with Modern Democracy
  • Wirral MBC

Last updated: 14/03/2019 13:50:35